If the 5A Division I state boys basketball tournament had started Tuesday night, Mesa Dobson would have been the No. 15 seed and Mesa Mountain View the No. 2 seed. They would have met in the first round.
Those teams just happened to play each other Tuesday in a regular-season matchup and visiting Dobson notched a timely win.
The Mustangs led from start to finish and held off a frantic Mountain View rally in the final period to take a 62-57 victory over the Toros in an East Valley Region game that helps Dobson's bid for a state playoff berth.
"This was a big confidence builder for our kids," Dobson coach Rick McConnell said. "We played well against them the first time we met in the first half. They had a better second half and beat us. This time we got on top, and hung on to the end. It's a great win for us."
Dobson (12-11, 3-4) led by 10 in the first period, nine at halftime and by as many as 17 in the third period. The Mustangs took a 15-point lead to the final period, behind the scoring of John Bailey (15 points), Casey Benford (14) and Cole Thurston (13).
But Mountain View pounded away and finally tied Dobson at 57 with 55 seconds to play. Two free throws by Bailey with 36 seconds left and another Benford gave Dobson a 60-57 edge with 10.6 seconds left.
Mountain View (22-3, 5-2) called time out and set up for a final shot at tying. The Toros got two good looks from 3-point range, but both were off the mark. Bailey made two free throws with 3.6 seconds left to seal the victory. Nathan Murphy led Mountain View with 12 points and Asaad Woods and Eric Hunt added 10 points apiece.